Full course description
is a 6-week class for high school studentsis a genre-mashing, experimental writing course aimed at helping you ask yourself the questions: What sort of writer am I? What sort of reading inspires me? and, What are my artistic sensibilities, anyway? In it, you will test the boundaries between fiction, poetry, nonfiction, drama, journalism, and various other sorts of creative writing which, taken together, constitute a vast and intricate wonder-scape just waiting to be explored. John Crowley, in his novel, envisions a series of nested imaginative realms, each bigger than the one that contains it. In exploring the realms of the written word, we will take Crowley's model as our own; the farther in you go, the bigger it gets! We will find out how, by working through the nuts and bolts of specific challenges in various kinds of writing, we can gain access to larger ideas about writing in general, ideas that transcend distinctions of "genre" and allow us to make use of our words as tools for thinking, for seeing the world. We will put these tools to use in short, guided writing exercises, which we will discuss, along with published works by established authors, in a conversational online setting. Think of this course as a six-week literary potluck. You are the cook and the banqueter. On both accounts, welcome, and enjoy! (Students will be required to complete weekly assignments and participate regularly in group discussions).
Anna Polonyi is a trilingual writer interested in obscure chapters of history and the uncanny in the mundane. Before pursuing her M.F.A. in fiction with the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she worked as a news reporter in Paris, France. Her bylines include the International New York Times, Foreign Policy and the French public radio. She studied History and Literature at Harvard University and researched the made-up language Esperanto during a Fulbright year in Berlin, Germany. She has published Wayword, a chapbook of poems, with Finishing Line Press and is currently at work on a memoir about growing up as a Third Culture Kid.